Melissa J. Robinson

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Melissa J. Robinson
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Board member, Kansas City Public Schools, Sub-district 4
Former Candidate
Elections and appointments
Last electionApril 8, 2014
Term limitsN/A
High schoolNorth Kansas City High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of Missouri, Kansas City
ProfessionDirector of Programs, Black Healthcare Coalition
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Melissa J. Robinson was a candidate for the Sub-district 4 seat on the Kansas City Public Schools school board in Missouri. Robinson was opposed by one incumbent for the Sub-district 4 seat in the general election on April 8, 2013.


Melissa J. Robinson is the Director of Programs for the Black Heath Care Coalition. Robinson graduated from North Kansas City High School and earned her Bachelor's degree from the University of Missouri, Kansas City.[1]



See also: Kansas City Public Schools elections (2014)


Melissa J. Robinson was opposed by Joseph C. Jackson for the Sub-district 4 seat in the general election on April 8, 2014.


Kansas City Public Board of Education, Sub-district 4 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMelissa Robinson 68.3% 897
     Nonpartisan Joseph Jackson 31.7% 416
Total Votes 1,313
Source:, "APRIL 8, 2014 ELECTION RESULTS," accessed April 9, 2014


Robinson did not report any campaign contributions or expenditures to the Missouri Ethics Commission.[2]


Robinson did not received any official endorsements for his campaign.

What was at stake?

Five seats on the school board were up for election on April 8, 2014. Sub-district 2 incumbent Gunnar Hand was unopposed. As a result, this election did not appear on the ballot.[3]

Issues in the district

Loss of accredidation

Kansas City Public Schools has been unaccredited since January 2012. The district has shown improvement over the last two school years and scored in the provisionally accredited range in August 2013. On January 13, 2014, the organization CEE-Trust presented a plan to the Missouri State Board of Education that would dismantle the district of Kansas City Public Schools. If implemented, Kansas City would be the home of an education system where each school earns independence within the system, each school would have its own board and each school would earn funding to choose its leadership, staff and curriculum. Schools would be administered charter school programs, nonprofit education agencies and foundations, neighboring school districts or community organizations.[4] Kansas City Public Schools presented a version of a plan that would allow KCPS to maintain administration over their school district. Their plan relies on a plan in which unaccredited districts enter into a performance agreement with the state school board.[5]

About the district

See also: Kansas City Public Schools, Missouri
Kansas City Public Schools is located in Jackson County, Mo.
Kansas City Public Schools is located in north-west Missouri in Jackson County. The county seats of Jackson County are Independence and Kansas City. Jackson County is home to 679,996 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[6] In the 2011-2012 school year, Kansas City Public Schools was the 11th-largest school district in Missouri and served 16,610 students.[7]


Jackson County outperformed the rest of Missouri in terms of higher education achievement in 2013. The United States Census Bureau found that 27.6 percent of Jackson County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 26.2 percent for Missouri as a whole. The median household income in Jackson County was $47,015 compared to $47,380 for the state of Missouri. The poverty rate in Jackson County was 17.4 percent compared to 15.5 percent for the entire state.[6]

Racial Demographics, 2013[6]
Race Jackson County (%) Missouri (%)
White 70.5 83.7
Black or African American 24.0 11.7
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.6 0.5
Asian 1.8 1.8
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.3 0.1
Two or More Races 2.8 2.0
Hispanic or Latino 8.6 3.9

Presidential Voting Pattern, Jackson County[8]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 78,283 93,199
2008 90,722 92,833
2004 79,029 94,439
2000 72,393 73,996

Note: Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" percentage, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off. Read more about race and ethnicity in the Census here.[9]

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